iPhone 3G Pics + First Impressions

July 8th, 2008

Here’s the iPhone 3G. It’s shares about the same footprint as the original iPhone but the 3G is more tapered.

In case you didn’t know, the 3G has the same features as the original except you get: HSDPA support (the original had EDGE which is pretty slow) and GPS. The software is updated too but the original one will probably get the update too.

The front looks about the same. The original one has a slightly thicker chrome bezel.

The 3G has a plastic cover that comes in white or black. The original one has a metal one. As far as squeezing goes, the original covers feel slightly more solid but really, the 3G is also pretty solid because it has no removable battery cover.

The speaker and microphone cover have a little bit of metal mesh over them on the 3G.

The 3G does NOT have a recessed headphone jack so you don’t need an adapter to use your own headphones with the 3G (thank God).

Here’s the side view.

As far as screen brightness goes, the 3G is slightly brighter than the original one I have in these pictures. I’m not sure if this is because the original iPhone I have is from last year so the screen may have dimmed over time.

Speed wise both are similar if you’re on WiFi. Over HSDPA/EDGE there’s no comparison – the 3G is way faster.

Again notice the 3G is slightly brighter.

App store will be available for the original iPhone too as will the Contacts icon (I think).

In the new software, the calculator becomes scientific if you rotate it.

You also get different keyboards for different languages. Here’s the Chinese one (I failed Chinese school).

I didn’t play with the 3G for long but it feels good in your hand. The call sound quality is good – both incoming and outgoing. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to gauge the RF performance or check out the battery life either.

I forgot to bring headphones so I didn’t get a chance to listen to the iPod part either (it’s probably like the orignal iPod which was fine).

While there appears to be two speakers at the bottom, one of the ‘speaker holes’ is actually for the mic. Maximum speaker volume is only good enough for indoors. The 3G’s speaker sounded slightly better, however, it could be because my original one is old and the speakers may have been slightly damaged.

Anyways that’s all for now. Stay tuned for a more in-depth review in the future.

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9 Comments Add your own

    Davec  |  July 9th, 2008 at 1:12 am

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    Kelf  |  July 10th, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    look forward to future review! Nice to see you on newspaper and BNN.ca!

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    Great comparison…. i’m from Costa Rica … I´m waitin’ for my 3g in about 10 days….. thanks for the information and the mentioned facts……

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    Carlos  |  October 25th, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    Francisco, no seas tan tremendamente estupido, el 3G no funciona en Costa Rica.

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